Blackhawks vs. Bruins - 4/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (41-29-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (45-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks clash Sunday afternoon at the United Center.
The Boston Bruins could use a nice victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 35 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 34 assists and Loui Eriksson has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 150 goals on 1,789 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 51 goals on 576 shots. Rask has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 40 goals, Artemi Panarin has 41 assists and Jonathan Toews has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 126 goals on 1,693 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 59 goals on 672 shots. Darling has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 15-5 in their last 20 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blackhawks are 47-18 in their last 65 Sunday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Two playoff powers that have been limping across the finish line. However, the Bruins are in far worse form than the Blackhawks, and they've struggled most against winning teams. I like the Blackhawks at home to pick up the confidence boosting win.